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One day of talks, tours, and questions about public art collections and preservation of art.
Join us in Cambridge for the final chapter of The Whole Shebang: a research project (free travel from Toronto available, see full details below).
Afternoon session: 3:00 – 5:00pm*
Join us for an informal talk by writer/critic Martin de Groot (Programming and Development Coordinator, Commons Studio at The Working Centre, Kitchener) on public art collections in the Waterloo Region, their various holdings, and the history of how Cambridge Art Galleries committed to fibre art for the past 30 years. The talk is followed by a tour of The Whole Shebang: a research project in the Queen’s Square Gallery.
Evening debate: 6:30 – 8:00pm*
Are public art collections good for the public? What is the future of collecting? How do we manage issues of capacity? Join us for a broad look at key issues facing collections across public institutions and hear from guest panelists on the pros and cons of collections in the 21st century.
Jaime Angelopoulos, Artist (Toronto, ON)
Laura Carusi, Curatorial and Collections Coordinator, Art Gallery of Mississauga (Mississauga, ON)
Caitlin Sutherland, Programming Director, Hamilton Artists Inc. (Hamilton, ON)
Alison Cooley, Curatorial Assistant/Collections Archivist, Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga, ON)
*Both sessions are free to attend, but registration is required as seating is limited.
Free Bus from Toronto
Take advantage of a free ride to Cambridge and back!
Bus departs from OCADU (100 McCaul Street) at 1:15pm, and will leave from Cambridge to Toronto at 8:00pm sharp.
Bus seats are reserved separately from event registration and are are limited. Please reserve in advance cfawcett [at] ideaexchange.org
Jaime Angelopoulos received her MFA from York University and also studied sculpture at Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX. She was awarded the Hazelton Sculpture Prize in 2013 and has participated in artist residencies at KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre in Finland and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has presented numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at Parisian Laundry (Montreal), MKG 127 (Toronto), MacLaren Art Centre (Ontario) and Musée Regional de Rimouski (Quebec). Her work has been presented in exhibitions and art fairs in Canada, USA, and Europe and was included in trans/FORM at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Toronto) as well as the nationally touring, Material Girls. Her works are held in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in Canada and the United States. Upcoming projects include a touring solo exhibition, a two person exhibition with Derrick Piens and an Artist Residency at Open Studio in Toronto.
Laura Carusi graduated from the History and Theory of Art program at the University of Ottawa (2013) and has recently completed her MA in Art History at York University. She has worked as Anglophone Communications Officer at the Gallery 115 Board of Directors, as Curatorial/Communications Assistant at La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, and as Curatorial Intern, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her areas of research centre on both institutional critique and transnational feminist curatorial practice. She is especially intrigued by the innovative ways that women from diverse parts of the world deploy visual culture to form critical visual expressions.
Alison Cooley is a writer, curator, and educator currently based in Toronto, ON. She holds a BA (Double Honours) in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan, and a MA in Art History with a Diploma in Curatorial Practice from York University. Her research deals with the intersection of natural history and visual culture, socially engaged artistic practice, craft histories, and experiential modes of art criticism. Over the past few years, her writing has appeared in Canadian Art, KAPSULA, FUSE, and the Journal of Curatorial Studies, among others. She is the 2014 co-recipient of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, and the host and producer of What it Looks Like.
Martin de Groot has written a weekly arts and culture column for The Waterloo Region Record since 1997 and served as Executive Director of the Waterloo Regional Arts Council from 2002 to 2011. He is currently employed as programming and development coordinator for the Commons Studio at The Working Centre. He has been active in a number of arts-related initiatives, including as a director of Globe Studios, the MT Space theatre project and Neruda Arts. Other community involvements include the Grants Committee of the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.
Caitlin Sutherland is an independent curator and art critic based in Hamilton, ON. Currently, she is Programming Director at Hamilton Artists Inc. Her academic background is in criticism, curatorial practice, and museum studies and management from the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Toronto. One of her more recent curatorial projects for the Inc., Into the Wild, featured the work of Sonny Assu, Jason Brown, Leisure, Duane Linklater, Alex McLeod, Darren Rigo, Elinor Whidden and Young and Giroux as well as select works from the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. Sutherland has worked independently as well as with a number of contemporary arts organizations within the greater Toronto-Hamilton area for well over a decade, including, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, the University of Toronto Art Centre, Xpace Cultural Centre and the Art Gallery of Burlington. She is a member of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee, a board director with Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) and sits on the advisory committee of ArtsBuild Ontario. In addition to numerous exhibition texts, she has written for Canadian Art, Beautiful/Decay, Hamilton Arts and Letters, Critical Superbeast and was the Ontario correspondent for the online contemporary art publication, Daily Serving from 2011-2013.
Image: Lyn Carter, Beacon, 2011, as stored in the collection vault. Photography: Scott Lee, 2017.